The HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowship pairs emerging leaders in advocacy and activism with existing organizations to develop and execute creative, context-specific projects focused on HIV prevention research. Fellowship projects focus primarily on advocacy around biomedical HIV prevention research (such as clinical trials of vaccines, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis) or roll out of male circumcision for HIV prevention. Fellowship projects may also focus on “test and treat” or ARV treatment as prevention strategies, which are under active discussion in many contexts. Fellows receive training, financial support, and technical assistance to plan and implement a targeted one-year project within host organizations focused on HIV/AIDS.
Study Subject(s): The fellowship is awarded in biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation activities in their countries and communities.
Course Level: This fellowship is for pursuing research programme at host organizations.
Scholarship Provider: AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention
Scholarship can be taken at: Host Organizations
Duration of award (s): The Advocacy Fellowship is one year, from February 2014 to January 2015. The Fellow should also plan to spend a few days working closely with AVAC and their hosts in developing their work plans before the Fellowship year begins.
What does it cover? The Fellowship provides:
– Mentoring and capacity building in biomedical HIV prevention research advocacy from AVAC for both Advocacy Fellows and Host Organizations.
-Connect to a global network of biomedical HIV prevention research advocates including current and former Advocacy Fellows, researchers, civil society leaders and other individuals and/or organizations working in similar fields.
-Opportunities for networking and information sharing with other Advocacy Fellows and a broader community of advocates including activists, scientists, clinical trial staff and other stakeholders working in fields related to HIV prevention research and implementation.
-A small stipend and technical assistance for the selected Advocacy Fellow for the initial development of a detailed work plan (up to three days over a maximum of two months). This phase takes place before the official Fellowship year begins.
-Financial support and technical assistance from AVAC for project implementation over 12 months. This includes support for full-time commitment on a Fellowship project (see next question for more information), a modest budget for project execution and access to a discretionary fund for specific travel, infrastructure or and information technology (IT) needs. (Please note that in some very specific circumstances, Fellows can be permitted to commit less than 100% to the Fellowships. These must be raised early on in the process.) Overhead administration costs to the Host Organization to cover costs associated with hosting a Fellow.
-Overhead costs are those that are incurred by the organization to administer the grant that cannot be directly attributed to the Fellowship activity (for example, proportion of rent, phone, some personnel costs such as executive director, accounting and administrative staff time) and calculated as a percentage of the overall grant.
How to Apply: The mode of applying is electronically.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 5th August 2013.